The rare tribes living in the Andaman Islands group have also been hit by the CoronaVirus. Ten people from the Great Andamanese tribe have been found corona infected.
The rare tribes living in the Andaman Islands group have also been hit by the CoronaVirus. Ten people from the Great Andamanese tribe have been found corona infected. This is also a matter of concern because only around 50 people of this tribe are left.
Six out of 10 infected people have been home-quarantined while the rest are undergoing treatment in the hospital. The people of this tribe live on Strait Island and the government takes care of their needs.
In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with a population of about 400,000, so far 37 people have died from Corona. While the figure of infected is around 2,268. Recently, a team was sent by health officials to Strait Island in Port Blair after six members of this tribe were infected.
Big challenge for officials
Senior health officer Avijit Roy did not say that the team had taken samples of 37 people, out of which the corona report of four members of Great Andamani tribe has come positive. He has been admitted to the hospital for treatment. While some other members have been kept in isolation in the house. At the same time, senior officer associated with tribal welfare Sanjeev Mittal said that we are trying our best to keep all the members of the tribe safe and sound. Some people of the tribe also do small jobs in the city. It is therefore feared that he may have reached the island with the Corona virus from the city itself. The biggest challenge for health officials is that the infection does not spread to the tribes of the rest of the islands.
Once the population was around 5000
It is said that the Great Andamanese tribe has been living since the British came here in the 19th century. At that time their population was around 5000, but due to the conflict with the British and the outbreak of many other epidemics, their number decreased rapidly. Today only 50 people of this tribe are left. In recent times, there have been increasing concerns about the safety of the Great Andamanese and other tribes such as the Jarawa and the Sentinelies. Despite strict government restrictions, hunters continue to visit the area.
Take all necessary steps
According to local media, last week, eight fishermen who had entered the Jarawa tribe area illegally were arrested. Researcher Sophie Grigg of the Survival Society working on the tribes said that the Great Andamanese tribe is vulnerable to Corona. The government should take all necessary steps to protect them. He further said that the water around the North Sentinel should be cleaned and no one should be allowed to enter the area without the permission of any
Andaman tribe. Grigg said that we have seen the abolition of rare tribes in America, Brazil and Peru. Therefore, the Government of India should take comprehensive steps in this direction.